National Seniors to open aged care inquiry

National Seniors’ CEO and Research Director, Professor John McCallum, will be among the first witnesses to appear on the first day of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety hearings next Monday.

The hearings – from Monday 11 February to Wednesday 13 February and from Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February – will be held in Adelaide and focus on the key features of the aged care, quality, safety and complaints system, about how that system works in practice and at a general level.

Prof. McCallum is scheduled to appear at 2.45pm Adelaide time.

The Commission has advised these public hearings will examine:

  • the concerns of advocacy, medical and nursing professional bodies about the current state of the aged care system
  • clinical issues affecting elderly people and general challenges that arise in meeting clinical needs
  • demographic information related to the provision of aged care services
  • the perspectives of government, regulators and workforce representative bodies of the aged care system
  • the experiences of aged care service recipients or their family members.

The Royal Commission has approached the representative bodies from whom it seeks evidence for this first hearing.

While open to the public, seating will be limited at the hearings, which start at 10am at Court 11, Level 3, Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Courts, 3 Angas St, Adelaide.

People planning to attend have been warned to allow at least 30-45 minutes for security screening.

It’s also possible to watch live screenings of the hearings. Simply go to our website, scroll down to the Live stream heading and click on the link.

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